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Names for Dames

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Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1920. Today, of course, we know for a certainty that the optimal girl's name is Madison. Back in the day, parents did what they could with materials at hand.

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Myrtle peaked in the 1890s, when it was the 28th most popular girl's name. They pretty much stopped making new Myrtles in 1960.

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Carrie was riding high at 22nd most popular in the 1880s, slumps down to 200 in the 1940s, then enjoys a brief but substantial comeback (thanks probably to Stephen King and Sissy Spacek) in the 1970s.


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Ben Bolt was a sentimental ballad about a dude mourning the death of his cherished childhood playmate, Alice.

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The standard diminutive for Bridget is "Bridey." So there, McGraw, I just punked your wife.

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Florence was in the top ten back in the 1890s, but has since joined Myrtle in girl-name purgatory. I've got no idea who these great novelists are—I'm wracking my brains and can't come up with a single literary Florence.

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